Imagine this, Angelenos. It’s Sunday. You wander outside and little kids are laughing, running and playing in the middle of the street.
You start to yell at them to get out of the street but that’s when you notice there are no cars. You look down the lane. Usually busy with traffic, today it’s all clear as far as the eye can see. It’s just you, your friends, family, and neighbors, out riding bikes and strolling.
Can this be real?
In fact, it is a real effort called CicLAvia that is set to debut in September, if all goes as planned.
According to the CicLAvia organization:
CicLAvia proposes to temporarily open at least 7.5 miles of streets in Los Angeles
on Sunday mornings to pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, dog walkers, families, and anyone who can imagine a new way to use the street. This temporary park space will occur on Sunday mornings from 10am-2pm. The roads will be car-free, thus providing residents with a recreational space, and the opportunity to view their city from a whole new perspective. Our proposed route connects Los Angeles from East to West through some of the most densley populated neighborhoods. The route is easily accessible by transit so that residents from across LA County will be able to attend.
Similar events are already happening in San Francisco
, New York, Portland
. The idea began in Bogota, Colombia
, where every Sunday for the past three decades, 70 miles of busy streets are opened to cyclists and pedestrians. Now, a push to make it happen in the City of Angels is gaining momentum. The California Endowment has just announced a partial grant, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
has endorsed the effort and his office is working with a steering committee to plan the details.